Happy May to you and may the force be with you.


Happy May 5th – Cinco de Mayo!


On my walk the other day I kept thinking of the song “This little light of mine…..” so instantly this image appeared in my mind. It was a bit more time consuming to create than the other cartoons but i like how it turned out in the end! These cartoons for for my 60 cartoons in 60 days challenge.


I posted this image on Facebook yesterday and titled it “May the 4th be with you” – a play on words of “May the Force be with you” (a Star wars phrase).  But because i wanted this cartoon to be evergreen as it will appear in my 60 in 60 book I didn’t want to date it!

PicMonkey Collage3_1

Here’s a compilation of some cartoons i have created – it looks like I am behind a couple of cartoons.  I know I got very busy due to two parties – one of my own and one I attended.

Free Visual Journal Workshop!

There is a free Visual Journal Fodder workshop by the Journal Fodder Junkies – David R. Modler and Eric Scott going on at the Strathmore Website.  How wonderful is that? So click here to sign up for this free class. If you are an art journaler I’m sure you’ll love this workshop series.

See you all on Wednesday!

Love, Violette xo

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    21 Secrets LIVE spreecast today!


    Happy Wednesday everyone!


    Today is the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast and I’m the guest artist for this week.  Hooray!spreecast

    One of my challenges is technology. The thing is everything is changing so quickly in the world that it’s hard to keep up.  I think it’s easier for young people to keep up but it certainly is not impossible for more mature people – *ahem to get the hang of things.

    So here i am in the above photo this morning with a goofy pair of headsets on trying to get the sound and lighting down right before the show this afternoon.  You see the window lets too much light in so I had to  put up a sarong on the window – too much light means washed out face.  I have a fear of messing up so hope all goes well.  I had Mr. G help me last night with the headset and he was having difficulty connecting the speakers and getting the sound right.  He was pretty frustrated which made me worried since he’s a techie guy Smile

    I think we got it right………..so fingers crossed! 

    I’m assembling all of my supplies and books so they can be accessed easily during the spreecast – I’m upstairs and my supplies are downstairs so it’s a bit of a schlepp if i forget something.

    Because I have difficulty talking and drawing I’ll be sketching out some ideas so i can ink them in on camera.

    There is so much stuff, ideas and life stories that i want to share – I’m sure I won’t get to all of them! 

    I thought I would share my story here to demonstrate that it’s good to “feel the fear and do it anyway” in life.  You stay stuck if you let things like technology or not knowing how to do something prevent you from accessing your dreams!

    See you later alligator!

    Love, Violette xo

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      50 Ways to Promote your Crafts



      You know how much i love coming up with ideas for everything?  Well i came up with 50 ways to Promote your Crafts and made it into an e-book.  I’m giving it away totally FREE to my newsletter subscribers (I’m sending the newsletter out late tonight).  If you would like to have a copy then please sign up for my newsletter here. I hope you like it – I had fun coming up with the ideas!  Popcorn head – just call me popcorn head Smile.

      The Whole Enchilada Contest

      If you haven’t already done so please enter to win a prize in my Whole Enchilada – 7 Year Blogiversary Contest. There are 7 prizes, one for each year blogging to be given away to some lucky winners!

      Wonderful Online Classes!

      My fellow teacher Andrea Schroeder at 21 Secrets Art Journaling Playground is facilitating a new e-Course called Creative Magic: Give Your Inner Critic a New Job.  Check it out!  Judging from some of the responses from my question yesterday – your biggest creative challenge – one of them is dealing with a Nasty Inner Critic. 

      Classes offered by two of the Sketchbook Challenge Artists

      Diana Trout has a Rescue Book Journals Online Class starting tomorrow!  My friend took Diana’s class at Journalfest last year and really LOVED it – she said Diana is a wonderful teacher. There is nothing like recycling but also creating a book to journal in from scratch.  It’s very gratifying!

      Carla Sonheim has a Junk Mail artist’s Book online Class starting on Nov. 28 and boy – does it ever sound like fun!  Carla was a very popular teacher last year at Journalfest. Here’s your chance to experience Carla’s magic while still in your jammies at home Smile.

      Oh and after clicking on the Sketchbook Challenge link do check out Carla’s November Challenge – Imaginary Animals!  Too much fun – can’t wait to get to work on that one!

      Tomorrow I’ll post a bunch of photos from the photo-shoot i had a couple of weeks ago – it was a fun shoot and I’m very happy with the results.


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        How to Choose an Online Class




        Tamara Willowing has a new Class out soon which I’m sure is going to be AWESOME!  Tam is wonderful – very giving, kind and talented.

        Are you overwhelmed as to how to begin to choose an online class? I know I often am since today we are inundated with an array of wonderful classes to pick from. First of all I think it’s important to sit down and write out what you are in fact looking for. Are you looking for creative business workshops? Are you looking for techniques? Are you searching for inspiration more than technique to get your creative mojo back? Is finding a creative community on the list of your desires – that’s why you want to join a particular workshop? When you establish what your top needs are then you can fine tune your search. You might want to learn how to create a book from start to finish – then you might sign up for Mary Ann Moss’ very popular “Remains of the Day” or my “Bohemian Bliss” class (both totally different classes). You might like to learn photography techniques so you would search for photography online classes. Ask your blog readers for recommendations (that’s if you have a blog of course!). You can do the same on twitter and facebook – it’s a great way to receive targeted feedback.


        Know yourself and what your needs are

        Are you into whimsy or serious type art? Are you a visual learner? It’s important to know your learning style – do you prefer reading the lessons as you would on an online blog or PDF file or are you a visual learner and need to view videos in order to understand the project and ideas? I’m a bit of a combo learner so I really appreciate videos, PDF files and also the occasional audio clip thrown in for fun! If you are community minded and want feedback then make sure you sign up for a class that has a site (like NING.com) where you can post your progress and receive feedback from the instructor and your peers.

        Are you very specific about what you want to learn? There is even a class on How to Paint an Owl! It looks like such a fun class!

        Sharon Tomlinson has a DVD you can buy on how to paint faces! She also has online classes!  I am often asked about how to paint faces. I do show a bit of face painting in my Bohemian Bliss class.


        Mary Ann Moss’ Remains of the Day

        I’m part of the 21 Secrets Art Journaling Playground. I believe taking a class like this where you have the incredible opportunity to sample 21 different artist’s workshops is a great way to find a teacher your resonate with. Many of the 21 Secrets instructors have online classes.

        A great way to sample whether or not the artist resonates with you is to watch their promo videos – many online classes have a promo video where you can sample the class and see what the instructor is like before committing to purchasing.

        Traci Bautista has many classes to choose from including a Creative Business type class called Discovering YOU (i took this class and really enjoyed it)

        Leonie Allan (goddess Leonie) Creative Business.  Leonie has such a heartfelt way (and whimsical too!) of imparting her secrets and help move you closer to your dreams.

        ARTrepreneur : the art of turning creative dreams into reality– April Bowles Creative Business (lots and lots of goodies here!)

        Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons: Tips and tricks to help your creative business soar. Not actually a class anymore but a downloadable e-book with lots of links and helpful ideas.

        Sharon Tomlinson – painting faces

        Tamara Laporte – digital, faces, collaging and more….

        Mary Ann Moss – Remains of the Day

        Suzi Blu La Petit Academy fun and wacky – lots of great techniques.  Suzi was one of the first people to create online classes – many folks followed after her.

        Pam Carriker – great artist and  teacher – had a series of workshops with Strathmore.  Now she has an Art Journaling DVD out with Interweave.

        Paula Phillips (aka Journal Artista) has a DVD coming out with Interweave as well – even though that’s not an online class it’s sort of like it only you can keep the lessons forever and watch them over and over. Paula also has a live stream weekly of  art journaling demos– she is very generous with her expertise! I love Paula!

        Alisa Burke – fabulous artist – very versatile– offers a number of different classes

        Crafty Chica – Even the effervescent Crafty Chica – Kathy has an online class Called “Kamikaze PR for Indie Artists” Doesn’t it sound like fun?

        Brave Girls Club “Soul Restoration Workshop Creating the life you want to live.

        This is by no means a comprehensive list at all – if you search the Scrapbooking sites I’m sure you will come up with many more online classes……oh one more i heard about was Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage online workshop.

        Taking an online class from one of your favourite artists will also help you decide if you would like to take a LIVE class with them at one of the Art Retreats. We resonate with different people – be sure to sign up with someone who speaks to you on different levels.

        I hope this helps you a bit in your search for an appropriate online class.  Have fun and learn something new today without having to get out of your jammies!  Yay! 

        Don’t forget to sign up for my birthday giveaway here!

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          Tina Ferguson and Minette Riordan’s Bohemian Bliss Playdate!


          This is a video with Tina Ferguson and Minette Riordan (of North Texas Kids) – they have been meeting for the past 5 months to create their own Bohemian Bliss book based on my Bohemian Bliss Mixed Media Journal Book online class. Thank you so much ladies for taking the time to post this video of your beautiful creations!  What i love best of all is that Tina and Minette enjoyed the process, took their time and simply delighted in just two friends getting together having fun! Both Tina and Minette have incredibly busy lives but they found the time to plan a playdate regularly to create and chat. How many of us could enjoy such a respite from our frantic week to have a time out to make art?


          What was so much fun was that the ladies REALLY enjoyed tie dyeing the paper towels!  I remember doing that and enjoying the messy process, hanging the paper towels to dry and then watching the juicy painted papers flapping in the wind – some of them even had glitter on them making the papers glint and shimmer in the sun. It was such a treat!

          Years ago when i volunteered teaching crafts to Street Kids I noticed that working on crafts was a good way to get the kids to open up and talk about their troubles or their daily lives. Art became a vehicle for healing, an entry point to accessing the truly important issues in their lives but also a way to let go and have fun!  I remember one 17 year old girl who had been addicted to heroin asking me to braid her hair in tiny braids and add beads to it.  This wasn’t part of the curriculum but I went along with it anyways. We were creating hemp bracelets which then evolved to getting asked to add beads to “Lisa’s” hair.  It was simply a way to reach out and connect on a human level.

          Here I am gushing again about the power of creating art and how it can transform our lives in the most incredible ways!

          Well i sure hope you all have a very happy weekend. I plan on planting some flowers – I held off before as the weather has been a bit cool.  So I’m looking forward to it!


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